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MPs back advisory referendums

Friday 15 February 2013

A majority of MPs on Thursday evening voted in favour of draft legislation which would sanction advisory referendums in the Netherlands.

The draft legislation was drawn up by the Labour party, D66 and GroenLinks several years ago, but had been gathering dust since then. Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-immigration PVV, forced the vote. He wants to use the legislation to bring in a referendum on Dutch membership of the EU.

The legislation will now move to the upper house of parliament for its consideration.

The bill would give voters the right to demand laws are put to a public vote. However, the result of any referendum would not be binding on ministers.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Why is a referendum not binding? Why make it toothless? Referendum is the voice of the people and they should be allowed to change the constitution even. I say if 75% of all registered voters passes a referendum then it goes into constitution; if 50% of all registered voters passes a referendum then it should become a permanent law; if 50% of voting voters passes the referendum, them make it a temporary law until parliament can vote on it.

While at it ensure that referendum cannot be more than 250 words in length.

By Sekar Swaminathan | 17 February 2013 1:29 PM

@Sekar: Netherlands, together with most countries on Western Europe, uses a law system based on civil Roman Law, where these arguments don't make sense as they would in a case law country like UK, Norway or US.

By A.L. | 18 February 2013 5:50 AM

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